Freeze, Thaw, Freeze?

By: Daniel Guttman / April 21, 2016

The sound of Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack” is filling the air this morning as OPEC’s secretary general said that OPEC and non-OPEC producers are looking to once again discuss a production freeze at OPEC’s June meeting. Return of the freeze? Most were on board with the market dropping back to values we saw in January and February, the strike in Kuwait occurred. The OPEC meeting being a non-event on Sunday started to drive the market down first thing Monday morning, but the strike leveraged that. Once the DOE statistics showed a build in crude but a draw in products and Cushing, the market took off and settled up $.0690 on diesel, $.0269 on gas, and $1.55 on crude.

With the DOE stats showing a crude build of 2 million barrels, you would think the market would have stayed around the level we were seeing yesterday morning, with diesel reaching a low of $1.2375. The draw of 3.6 million barrels on distillates came as a huge surprise because there was anticipation of a small build before the statistics were released. Cushing also had a draw of 250,000 barrels and total commercial stocks fell by 425,000 barrels. This was the first draw in six long weeks for the largest oil storage facility in the world.

The chief of the IEA has revealed that oil markets will rebalance by next year at the latest and is claiming that crude prices being around $45/bbl are still preventing the majority of U.S. shale producers from operating a profitable level. At what price will they be profitable?

Interesting headlines:

  1. Saudi oil adviser reveals oil output freeze proposal will be discussed at OPEC’s June meeting
  2. Head of Libya’s NOC claims that it can raise oil output quickly once stability returns
  3. Nigeria’s oil minister confirms oil output to remain below 2 mbpd while Forcados is offline
  4. Russia displaces Saudi Arabia as top crude oil supplier to China in March


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With a background in wholesale and commercial sales as well as pipeline scheduling, Daniel is currently the Manager, Business Development in the Card Access Fuels department. He is tasked to find new and innovative solutions to increase sales opportunities for the sales team while managing and evaluating internal department processes. He assists with day to day personnel management, customer data analysis, as well as the daily Pacific Pride inventory and pricing direction.

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